On the Social Contract

  • by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Narrated by Erik Sandval
  • 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains." Thus begins Jean-Jacques Rousseau's influential 1762 work, On the Social Contract, a milestone of political science, and essential reading for students of history, philosophy, and social science. A progressive work, it inspired world-wide political reforms, most notably the American and French Revolutions, because it argued that monarchs were not divinely empowered to legislate. Rousseau asserts that only the people, in the form of the sovereign, have that all powerful right. On the Social Contract's appeal and influence has been wide-ranging and continuous. It has been called an encomium to democracy and, at the same time, a blueprint for totalitarianism. Individualists, collectivists, anarchists, and socialists have all taken courage from Rousseau's controversial masterpiece.


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A solid foundation political science

It's easy to see why the founding fathers or inspired by this book. It provides a solid foundation on the rights and responsibilities of the citizens of a state.
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- Robert

great book

the book was insightful and answers many questions swirling in my mind
yet the narrator was quite boring
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- Ahmad

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.